Jorge Arvizu ‘El Tata’ Dead: Man Behind Benito Bodoque, Pedro Picapiedra Was 81

March 18, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Jorge Arvizu, known as “El Tata,” is dead at age 81.

His most famous roles, though certainly not his only famous ones, were voicing the characters Benito Bodoque and Pedro Picapiedra.

Fellow comedians and actors mourned Arvizu’s death this week after he was found dead from heart failure on Tuesday morning in Mexico.

The comic was hospitalized in January, reported the Latin Times

“An institution of acting and voice over in Mexico has left us, but his legacy will remain with us,” Arath De La Torre wrote on Twitter. “May you rest in peace great friend and inspiration to many. Don Jorge Arvizu, thank you for your legacy and love.”

“My soul hurts,” Laura Flores wrote on Twitter. “We worked together in ‘Sugar’ in 1992 with Eduardo Palomo (R.I.P.) and Coque Muñiz.”

“A great man has left us, marvelous actor but above all a master of voice over for decades,” Héctor Sandarti added.

Arvizu’s character “El Tata” in “La Criada Bien Criada” was also well-known, and he also voiced a number of classic characters on television, including the Spanish voices of Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble from “The Flintstones.”

His talent is recognized across the Latin American countries, reported the Excelsior

Other character’s voices he did included Bugs Bunny and Popeye the Sailor.

Arvizu also painted and was a musician, forming a jazz group. 


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